College research is just tree-mendous

Elizabeth Anderson, Matthew Lowry, Jack Dean, David Brewis, Nick Johnson- Arboriculture Lecturer, John Monaghan- Chair of North East RFS, Rachel Smith, David Wear- Programme Area Leader Plants and Environment.

Elizabeth Anderson, Matthew Lowry, Jack Dean, David Brewis, Nick Johnson- Arboriculture Lecturer, John Monaghan- Chair of North East RFS, Rachel Smith, David Wear- Programme Area Leader Plants and Environment.

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A learning centre near Ponteland will be at the forefront of forestry research after becoming the first in the region to sign up to Conifers for Colleges.

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus has taken up the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) programme to help nurture resilient, productive woodland.

The scheme recognises the risks to trees from climate change, pests and diseases, as well as the need for a wider range of species and a greater supply of forestry skills and research.

Kirkley Hall has received 400 conifers and 100 broadleaf trees from project sponsors Alba Trees, Cheviot Trees and Prees Health Nurseries, and 500 tree guards from Tubex.

College Principal Marcus Clinton said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the Royal Forestry Society. Conifers for Colleges is a wonderful opportunity for Northumberland College students to get involved in an innovative programme and learn about nurturing UK woodlands for future generations.

“The RFS is bringing a wealth of knowledge to our Kirkley Hall campus and students will benefit greatly from opportunities at the forefront of forestry research and change.”

Research will be available to woodland managers.